So far this month, many people have visited HealthCare.org attempting ot check out their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. For the majority, frustration has been a common refrain. Completing the application, let alone setting up an account, has been about as easy as trying to get into a Los Angeles A-list nightclub on a Friday night. Always up for a challenge, the Tribune gave it a try. Here's what we learned.
Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and if you aren't already covered by a qualified employer or individual plan or Medicaid, the time to learn about your options is now. In Kansas 13.1 percent of the population is uninsured, and 5.5 percent have individual insurance. Some people that fall into this category include individuals that are self employed, including farmers.
USD 428 Board of Education members met for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School. They were joined by Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, who discussed progress on the gymnasium project and completion timelines.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
USD 428 Board of Education members will meet for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School at 1919 Harrison for a tour of the new gymnasium led by Khris Thexton, Director of Finance, Operations for the district. Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, the general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, will discuss the progress and completion timelines.
With the upcoming retirement of USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon, the USD 428 Board of Education will officially begin the process of searching for his replacement in November. Board president Joyce Carter said the Kansas Association of School Boards will announce the vacancy on Nov. 14. Vernon made his public announcement at the September BOE meeting, and the board at that time voted to use the services of the KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and staff.
DeleteDiscussions about the position board members plan to take on a KASB question about teacher negotiations and disappointment with several aspects of the nearly finished gymnasium dominated Monday night's USD 428 Board of Education meeting.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend firefighters responded to a house fire at 3223 24th St., at the corner of 24th and Harrison. A neighbor, Sonny Tran, said he noticed the smoke coming from the house, went over and knocked on the door, then called 911 to report the fire when no one answered. Tran said the former occupant, Richard B. "Dick" Blazek, had died days before, and people had been at the house the day before.
October means the start of the new 4-H year. Oct. 6 - 12 is National 4-H Week, and members have been promoting area clubs by wearing 4-H T-shirts, hanging banners, and speaking about their clubs at school or at church. In addition to projects, camp and fair, they also talk about the friends they've made and the fun they've had with their families. For one Barton County family, 4-H has been a tradition for several generations.
PAWNEE ROCK - Tuesday morning, the parking lot of the Bergthal Mennonite Church north of Pawnee Rock was lined with trucks, SUVs and minivans. Former members and neighbors of the 98-year-old church arrived early to register to bid on church pews, stained glass windows, and other items left before the final demolition of the building later this year.
During World War II, the U.S. Air Force bomber pilots flew Kansas-made bombers overseas to bomb Axis strongholds. Leading up to their missions, those pilots practiced by dropping bombs over Cheyenne Bottoms. Debris from these practice runs prompted Chad Hobson, a Kansas State University graduate student, to include the wetlands area in a study recently.
Supporting a friend through a cancer journey can be both heartbreaking and inspiring. For Great Bend High School English teacher Jessica Ferguson, the struggle of her long time high school friend, Kimberly Jessop, through treatment and subsequent remission of Stage IV melanoma and leukemia helped her to step way out of her comfort zone. Next Sunday, Oct. 13, she will travel to Chicago and run her first full marathon in honor of her friend.